FOR the first time in two years, the Australian Light Horse Brigade commemoration in Be’er Sheva went ahead with Aussie Shnat participants in attendance.
Able to connect to both their Australian and Jewish Zionist identity on the special day in Israel, Shnat participant Yoni Goldberg said, “This pride we feel as Australian Jews is close to our hearts and we, as future leaders in our youth movements and communities, have a duty and obligation to pass this on and educate the generations to come.”
The commemoration is a partnership between the Pratt Foundation, the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Embassy and Ben Gurion University, welcoming participants from youth groups including Netzer, Bnei Akiva and Habonim Dror.
Participants laid wreaths and following the ceremony visited the Anzac Museum and the Entrepreneurship Centre at Ben Gurion University.
Zionist Federation of Australia’s Israel Office director Moriah Ben David called the commemoration “meaningful and respectful”.
“After not being able to commemorate the heroic battle, it was fascinating to see so many people who came from near and far to pay tribute to the Anzacs,” he said, adding that it was “special to see the shnatties in their movement chultzot taking part in this day”.